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The United States capped off an impressive day with a 26-5 victory over Spain to go 3-0 and win pool B at the Cape Town 7s. Coming into the game the Eagles had already qualified for the Cup quarterfinals, so it gave Mike Friday and company a chance to rest a few of the starters for day two.
The Eagles did not miss a beat, however, as Perry Baker replacement, Kevon Williams made the most of his opportunity to start, scoring a try in the first minute of the game for an early 7-0 lead.
Spain struggled to gain possession, committing a number of knock ons in the first half. One of those was deemed to be an intentional knock, and the Spaniards lost a man for two minutes.
The Americans capitalized on the man advantage through Madison Hughes. The Eagles had a scrum on the Spain 5 meter line and Spain elected to remove the scrumhalf position. Hughes deftly realized the absence of the scrumhalf, and took the ball at the back of the scrum and scampered down the left sideline for an easy score.
Leading 12-0 with less than a minute to go in the first half, Maka Unufe slipped through several tacklers and dotted down under the posts for a 19-0 halftime lead.
Spain controlled more possession in the second half but the Eagles defense remained tough. After about four minutes the Eagles took control of the ball again and Stephen Tomasin slipped a tackle for a score under the posts and a 26-0 lead.
The European side managed to get one try after a series of Eagle penalties but other wise it was a strong 26-5 win for the USA.
Winger Carlin Isles made a strong case for the all-tournament team on day one but the last play of the game was one to forget. Isles beat several defenders and was running in untouched. The speedster, who had a near flawless day one, cost himself his sixth try of the day by just dropping the ball forward with nobody in sight. He was all smiles, however, as the team will go into Sunday riding high after a 3-0 start.
The USA will play Argentina at 6:10 a.m. ET in the Cup quarterfinals tomorrow.